The Celestron C70 Mini Mak Spotting Scope brings portability and versatility to a new level. The Maksutov-Cassegrain Optical Design is recognized for inexpensive but yet being compact, easy to use, and applicable for both terrestrial (land) and astronomical use.
The C70 Mini Mak is a small but powerful spotting scope that includes a tabletop tripod which has built-in slow motion controls, a built-in zoom eyepiece capable of 75x magnification, and a 1.25" Eyepiece Adapter allows you to use astronomical 1.25" Eyepiece so you can have various powers and wider field of view for specific usages. (Please read the manual for more details.)
Celestron C70 Mini Mak Spotting Scope Features:
In The Box:
(Posted on Sep 09, 2016)
Pros: light, easy to carry, portability
Cons: focus mechanism
I am astonished by its performance to date, using mostly the 25x to 50x portion of its zoom range.
Have now added a 40mm Celestron Plossl eyepiece to give an 18x magnification for close work in the garden. This adds further brightness to the image and to simplicity of use. We can watch a bee on a flower.
Also added a sun filter which I can tape over it to enable safe viewing of eclipses in future.
The adapter for the Plossl eyepiece has a small knurled knob on its side, to retain the eyepiece. The thread through the thin plastic quickly stripped so I will try a high strength epoxy glue to add a brass or stainless nut to the adapter to give this a long life.
I will also experiment with an improvised lens hood to see if this improves contrast when observing against the light, probably using PVC downpipe, blackened inside. . (Posted on Aug 04, 2016)
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability, Beautifully crisp image!
It arrived in a very timely manner considering it was ordered over the Christmas period and was very well packed and addressed.
Upon opening the parcel everything listed was present and undamaged. The addition of a tight fitting cover which can be opened at each end is a nice touch. I have not had a lot of time with the scope yet but first impressions are that it gives a very acceptable image, which is better than expected for the price. As can be expected there can be problems with vibrations and heat haze (mirage) especially at the higher magnification. Adjustments are easy and intuitive.
The free tripod, depending on circumstances is workable, with fine tuning knobs for vertical and lateral movement. Vibration depends not only on the nature of the tripod but also what it is standing on. A coffee table with three large dogs in the vicinity are not the conditions for a stable platform. I believe that given a heavy duty tripod with a pan and tilt head and the addition of a home made sight of some sort (to home in on fast moving wildlife), this will prove to be a very useful piece of equipment. Can't wait to try out a camera on it.
(Posted on Jan 09, 2016)
Pros: light, price, portability
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability, great first telescope
Cons: tripod quality, focus mechanism
Pros: price, portability, great first telescope, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: tripod quality
if you want to carry it into the mountains for hunting perhaps a stronger allow tripod may be an advantage.
the advice & service i received from Ozhut was great, fully recommend them .
Steve. (Posted on Feb 01, 2015)
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability
I use a shorter tripod to get closer to my shooting rest. (Posted on Dec 12, 2013)
Pros: Accurate, Good price, Decent glass, portable, Beautifully crisp image!
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